Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Product Review -- BECCA First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh

I have kind of a hard time with primers.

Not because they irritate my skin or have any adverse effect on my foundation, though.

Instead, it's because I never really notice them doing much of anything.

I usually choose hydrating primers because my skin is dry and I mainly want a formula that's going to moisturize my skin a little bit so my foundation doesn't going on flaky or patchy -- and beyond that, there really isn't all that much to see, I suppose.

Still, I'm always on the hunt for a magical kind of primer that's somehow going to make my foundation look airbrushed and flawless.

Considering the texture issues I have with my skin (tons of enlarged pores on my cheeks from my acne struggles as teenager), that likely isn't ever going to happen.

But I still had high hopes for the BECCA First Light Primer Filter Instant Complexion Refresh.

BECCA describes it as an instant fix for a bad face day because it's meant to combat signs of fatigue, dullness, dehydration, and fine lines.

I can suffer from all of those issues from time to time, so it sounded pretty perfect.

I was also all over the promise of luminescence and a healthy glow.

The BECCA First Light comes in  a heavy glass bottle that holds 1 ounce and features an easy-to-use pump.

BECCA First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh

BECCA First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh

It has a lavender hue, which is a good for brightening up dull or sallow skin. There's also a pleasant sweet scent that I'm pretty sure reminds me of a specific type of lollipop or sucker candy but I can't quite place it.

BECCA First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Refresh

The formula is fairly thin and lightweight, so it spreads out very easily across the skin, which means you don't need a ton to cover your face.

While it is slightly hydrating, it's not overly moisturizing so I wound think that most skin types could use it.

It does seem to do a subtle job of brightening the skin and add a slight glow -- there's no high shine or greasiness, though -- so I think it does perk up the skin a bit.

But the results aren't dramatic, so the $38 price tag may seem a little steep for a primer.

I'm not entirely sure if I'll repurchase it when I use up the bottle. I already have a higher end primer that hydrates the skin and adds a healthy glow that I like quite a bit (the IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum, which also happens to retail for $38), and I'm not sure that I'd choose the BECCA over it.

Still, I think if you're looking to splurge on a high end primer and want one that brightens and hydrates this skin, this is a good one to consider.

You can find the primer on the BECCA website, Sephora, and Ulta.

Have you tried the BECCA First Light Priming Filter Instant Complexion Rescue? What's your favorite primer at the moment?

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